Solar System Exploration
Great Dark Spot
December 17, 2004
Great Dark Spot
The Cassini spacecraft returns a grand and unique vista of Saturn's horizon, reminiscent of the views of our own planet from Earth orbit. Similar to the view from Swirling With Shadows, the high ...
View Out the Window
The Cassini spacecraft looks toward the dark side of Titan as a circle of light is produced by sunlight scattering through the periphery of the atmosphere of Saturn's largest moon. A detached, hig...
Lit Through the Haze
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A Shadow's Traverse
This false-color view of the rings of Uranus was made from images taken by Voyager 2 on Jan. 21, 1986, from a distance of 4.17 million kilometers (2.59 million miles).
Uranus Rings in False Color
This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows a portion of the southern hemisphere of dwarf planet Ceres from an altitude of 915 miles (1,470 kilometers). Toharu crater, named for the Pawnee g...
Dawn HAMO Image 39
Voyager 2 obtained this high-resolution picture of Saturn's rings on August 22, 1981 when the spacecraft was 4 million km (2.5 million mi) away. Evident here are the numerous "spoke" features in th...
+ Dunes, Tectonics and Possible Ice Volcanoes on Titan + Annotated version The bright landmass of an enigmatic area known as Xanadu and the intriguing lobed shapes of the Hotei Regio area ...
Dunes, Tectonics and Possible Ice Volcanoes on Titan (Related image)
A pair of elongated filaments observed across the Sun by SDO (Solar Dynamics Observatory).
Two Long Filaments
This anaglyph from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows degraded craters shows partially degraded craters and ridges in asteroid Vesta's Pinaria quadrangle. You need 3D glasses to view this image.
3-D Image of Partially Degraded Craters
The Cassini spacecraft captures this dual portrait of an apparently dead moon and one that is very much alive. Tethys, in the foreground, shows no signs of recent geologic activity. Enceladus, howe...
Six of Saturn's moons orbiting within and beyond the planet's rings are collected in this Cassini spacecraft image.
Sextet of Moons
This classic photograph of the Earth was taken on December 7, 1972. The original caption is reprinted below: View of the Earth as seen by the Apollo 17 crew traveling toward the moon. This translu...
The Blue Marble
Saturn's moon Prometheus casts a shadow near a streamer-channel created by the moon in the thin F ring in this image taken about a month after the planet's August 2009 equinox. Pandora (81 kilomet...
Shadow Between the Shepherds
Similar in many ways, Saturn's moons Tethys and Rhea (left and right, respectively) even share a discoverer: Giovanni Cassini, namesake of the NASA spacecraft that captured this view.
This is one of the most detailed views of the surface of Triton taken by Voyager 2 on its flyby of the large satellite of Neptune early in the morning of Aug. 25, 1989.
Triton High Resolution View of Northern Hemisphere
Outer B Ring Edge December 3, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06535 This close-up of the lit side of Saturn's oute...
Outer B Ring Edge
This frame from an animation shows dwarf planet Ceres overlaid with the concentration of hydrogen determined from data acquired by the gamma ray and neutron detector (GRaND) instrument aboard NASA'...
Water Ice Abundance on Ceres (Animation)
The Cassini spacecraft looks across Saturn's cloud-dotted north and shadowed pole, and out across the lanes of ice that compose its rings. Prometheus (102 kilometers, or 63 miles across) is visibl...
An Icy Composition
This spectacular image shows Prometheus (at right) and Pandora (at left), with their flock of icy ring particles (the F ring) between them. Pandora is exterior to the ring, and closer to the spacec...
Close to the Shepherd Moons
The Cassini spacecraft, using its radar system, has discovered very strong evidence for hydrocarbon lakes on Titan. Dark patches, which resemble terrestrial lakes, seem to be sprinkled all over th...
Lakes on Titan
The "H"-shaped region Fensal-Aztlan is faintly visible on Saturn's murky moon Titan in this enhanced clear-filter view from Cassini. While most of the light passing through the clear filters is vi...
The Land Beneath the Murk
Voyager 2's post-encounter view of Neptune's south pole as the spacecraft sped away on a southward trajectory.
Post-encounter View of Neptune's South Pole
The Cassini spacecraft records Titan's seasonal hemispheric dichotomy, with the moon's northern half appearing slightly lighter than the southern half in this image. See Two Halves of Titan to l...
Titan's Changing Seasons
+ Version with labels Cassini shot past the surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus on Aug. 11, 2008, acquiring a set of seven high-resolution images targeting known jet source locations on the...
Damascus Sulcus on Enceladus
Saturn's A ring displays a marked asymmetry in brightness between the region nearer to the Cassini spacecraft and the region farther from it. The A ring is the broad, bright section of the rings ou...
Difference on the Dark Side
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